2015-W Proof American Silver Eagle Launches

by Mike Unser on January 2, 2015 · 12 comments

It’s the best of the best. There’s no better seller for the United States Mint, and it’s available early for less. Today, the Mint introduced its annually issued proof American Silver Eagle for $48.95. That’s $4 cheaper and three weeks earlier than last year’s coin which was the most popular numismatic product of 2014 with sales at 741,379.

2015-W Proof American Silver Eagle

2015-W Proof American Silver Eagle. Coins in the series have a reeded edge, a diameter of 1.598 inches (40.60 mm) and a weight of 1.000 troy ounces (31.103 grams).

People of all ages and from around the world will buy them straight from the Mint at www.usmint.gov/catalog. Others, those who want "perfect" 2015-W Proof Silver Eagles, are paying pre-sale secondary market prices that are as high as $90.

Struck at the West Point Mint with each bearing a denoting "W" mint mark, the coins will jump off store shelves to score sales of around a quarter of a million by Sunday, based on the performances of past issues.

Photo of 2014 Proof American Silver Eagle

As seen in this photo showing last year’s coin, proof Silver Eagles are individually encapsulated, placed inside a blue velvet, satin-lined presentation case, and ship with a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity. Notice the proof finish, giving the coin a mirror-like background.

These coins are minted to a collectible proof finish, a quality that creates sharp frosted designs that pop against mirror-like backgrounds. That allure is deepened by their precious metal content with each minted from one ounce of .999 fine silver.

The coin’s longevity has helped in building a wide base of dedicated American Silver Eagle collectors, as has a companion bullion piece intended for investors. Sharing the designs and specifications but lacking the proof finish and "W" mint mark, all-time U.S. Mint sales of the bullion American Silver Eagle topped 400 million in December. Last year’s bullion Silver Eagle ended with an annual sales record of 44,006,000.

Bullion coins are available for a few dollars over their melt value; so many more are sold compared to collectible editions that sport the special finishes and higher premiums. Still, every bullion sale adds to the American Silver Eagle branding. Some who buy them for investment later show interest in collectible versions.

2015-W American Eagle Silver Proof Coin - Obverse

Obverses bear Adolph A. Weinman’s depiction of “Walking Liberty” that first appeared on half-dollars form 1916 to 1947. Inscriptions around the design include “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST” and the year of issue.

Both bullion and proof versions date back to 1986 when they were introduced alongside American Gold Eagles. Proof American Silver Eagles have appeared annually ever since, with the exception of 2009 — the year that the United States Mint canceled sales as it directed silver blanks toward bullion production to better meet demand.

2015-W American Eagle Silver Proof Coin - Reverse

Reverses, designed by John Mercanti, feature a heraldic eagle with shield. Encircling the design are inscriptions reading: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

Pre-Sale Prices

Many collectors buy American Silver Eagles that are authenticated and graded by third party services such as the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).

Coin dealers and others are now pre-selling top "70" graded 2015-W Proof American Silver Eagles at prices ranging from $69 to $90. Those prices will fluctuate depending on demand, the availability of top grades and eventual mintages.

Ordering from the US Mint

Place orders through the U.S. Mint’s online product page, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household ordering limits or pre-established mintage limits.

Proof American Silver Eagles originate from the U.S. Mint facility in West Point. Bullion American Silver Eagles are produced without mint marks at the U.S. Mint facilities in San Francisco and West Point. The 2015-dated bullion version goes on sale Monday, Jan. 12. A different collectible version, the 2015-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle, has been scheduled for release in March

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Millhouse January 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

What happened to the 10% discount for subscription orders. My subscription order for 3 silver proofs went through today and the price was $48.95 each. Sounds like another scam from the mint. Why would I subscribe if they don’t honor the 10% discount. I’m guessing they’re not going to discount my subscriptions for the proof and silver proof sets either. Very disappointing.

Senior January 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

If you refer back I believe Sept 2014 this program was discontinued

Millhouse January 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

That’s too bad. I guess I’ll be canceling my subscriptions.

tom thumb January 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

MILLhouse If you don’t cancel them they will keep comming

Mage January 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I cancelled my subscriptions after they charged me full price on the 5oz ATB Everglades. I figured I could order all the products I want at once( or at least several) to save on shipping.

Dale January 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

order 2 at noon that’s my limit for the year …2015 ASE with lower prices higher mintage…will wait for the rev proof set.

Dale January 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations Set 2013 still on sale ? omg I know they are the best coin on earth would like too see a final mintage at some point maybe before lets say 2016!!!!!!

Pete January 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Hi Millhouse — you paid $1.00 more than last year and you did get your 10% discount. . .

JOHN January 7, 2015 at 9:14 am

1st why bash what you want -and afford crying over 50 cents is a baby the only hope is low mintage, there $4 cheep then last year,there will be no reverese proof for 2015,the 2015 proof is the most beautiful coin I seen I a while it looks like a RV proof well worth it ,the thing is going to the mint in person,really cool,the , when you buy a 1st strike or label silver look out if no mint mark,it;s just bullion,thats misleading ,not the mint, ,shipping is not cheep weight every thing MATERS be consiterate

*Charles K. Miller January 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

How about pressuring the Mint to better and sooner make the unc. silver eagles availabile?

dale January 7, 2015 at 11:34 pm

mine was shipped and received them today !! and yes superb proof condition ..

Richard February 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Someone showed me these coins for sale but it did not have W on it. Any advise?

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